What is Vicodin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Vicodin® is a brand name for the combination of hydrocodone, an opioid pain medication and acetaminophen, an analgesic. It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 427 162
Fibromyalgia 145 56
Pain in lower back 72 36
Muscle pain 27 10
Back pain 18 13

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
23
Moderate
54
Mild
98
None
86

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vicodin

Side effect Patients
Constipation 31
Sleepiness 15
Nausea 14
Drowsiness 11
Stomach pain 6
Dry mouth 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vicodin

Dosage Patients
500mg-5mg as needed 14
300-5mg as needed 3
1 tablet(s) three times daily 2
300-5 mg daily 2
500 mg-5 mg daily 2
300-5 mg three times daily 2
300-5 mg four times daily 2
4 x 500 mg-5 mg daily 2
10mg as needed 2
1 tablet(s) twice daily 1

See all 33 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Vicodin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 66
Other 56
Doctor's advice 50
Course of treatment ended 43
Side effects too severe 40
Personal research 13
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 4
See all 214 patients who've stopped taking Vicodin

Duration

Currently taking Vicodin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Vicodin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 37
1 - 6 months 59
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 150
Usually 58
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 31
A little hard to take 44
Not at all hard to take 178
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 12
< $25 150
Not specified 93

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Vicodin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 8
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 3
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 1
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic-50) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Vicodin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 9
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 7
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic-50) 3
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 3
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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34 patient evaluations for Vicodin

Jun 27, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2015 (Started Apr 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 15, 2011 (Started Apr 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Took pain away . Yeah :)

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2014 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (tension headache)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Half the dose, only when needed and nothing else has worked. This stuff sucks!

May 30, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tension headache)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I don't know how this treatment got put under the "depression" treatment category. I can't delete that although I would like to. I ONLY use it sparingly for Fibromyalgia and I find even a small dosage causes a headache which rather defeats the purpose. Not as useful as it was before.

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